After Setback, Hope Seen for Immigration Bill

Hunter, Pam; Krizan, William G.
April 2006
ENR: Engineering News-Record;4/17/2006, Vol. 256 Issue 15, p9
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the immigration reform legislation in the U.S. A bipartisan proposal crafted by Senators Chuck Hagel and Mel Martinez was blocked in the U.S. Senate. A key difference between the Martinez-Hagel legislation and a proposal approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 28, 2006, involved the way undocumented workers would be handled. The House passed a stringent bill in December 2005 that focuses heavily on border enforcement and security. Balancing U.S. border security with an accommodation of a willing work force that provides many needed economic functions raises the issue of whether construction has become too reliant on illegal immigrants as a source of labor.


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